The Cottages are organized through a partnership between the village, local business and a couple of europeans. They are run under the general direction of BOB (firstname.lastname@example.org) with day to day management by KETTY. Ketty and her staff provide authentic Kei home–cooking, plus Indonesian classics, in substantial portions. The rooms are spacious (from 20 sq m to over 30 sq m) and airy (they also have fans) with sprung mattresses, en suite mandis and their own verandhas overlooking the beach. Half of them are new (2012).
We try to run the Cottages as sustainably as we can – to us that means as part of the local community, economy and environment. One way or another, what you spend stays here in Kei, almost all in our village, Ohoililir. Please respect these views – don’t mess up the forest and sea life, help us recycle as much rubbish as possible and be civil with the local people. They are used to visitors, genuinely pleased to meet you and what may seem to be reserve is actually politeness. Having a little Indonesian will help along the process of getting to know each other but isn’t essential. An interest in football is also useful.
The Cottages are about 500m through the coconut grove from Ohoililir village, which in turn is about 10 km west of the main town, Langgur/Tual. The village has a school, three or four small ‘kios’ shops, an active Catholic Church and a strong sense of community and tradition (adat) Most people are fishermen and/or farmers and some work in the town.
Part of the village’s sense of identity is down to its association with the historic kings (rajahs) of Kei. Legend has it that the princesses of old used to bathe in the spring just behind the Old Cottage.
…..through the coconut grove to Coaster….
Other than locals you should have the beach pretty much to yourself during the week. However, at weekends, especially Sundays, it is a popular picnic place with people from town and the village caters for them by setting up warungs selling drinks and snacks.
The footy pitch
The 'Warung' (except Sundays)
On checking in, Coaster staff will ask foreigners to fill in a registration “A” Form (this is a legal requirement for new visitors to the island), make a photo-copy of the ‘photo page’ and ‘visa page’ of your passport and arrange for these to be forwarded to thepolice. Very occasionally it may be necessary to visit the Tual police station in person. Unless you have visa problems this is not a big deal – it is just so they know your face.
•The Old Cottage: Rp 165,000/room/night (tax included)
•The New Cottage/COASTER 2: Rp 250,000 /room/night (tax included)
•The Villa (two bedrooms and sitting room): Rp 800,000/house/night or Rp 400,000/room/night (tax included)
•The Doctor’s House (owned by Miss Penny but managed by Coaster) Rp 200,000/night (tax included)
These prices are for one or two persons/room. Additional adults subject to surcharge (and availability of mattress).
Check out 10.00 am on morning of departure
It may be possible for arrangements to be made to sleep on the verandah if big parties don’t want to be broken up – ask Ketty
A new villa used as a retirement home for part of the year, comfortably furnished and with family mod cons (TV, DVD player). Two big (4.5 x 5.5 m) bedrooms, 7 x 4m sitting room, dining area, windows and verandhas on all sides
The Old Cottage
A traditional house with two twin/double rooms (about 4.5m x 5.5m), sprung mattresses, triple aspect windows, fans, en suite mandis and big verandha on all sides.
The Doctors House
The oldest of the cottages, owned by the local doctor as her beach house but managed by Coaster. For those who like the simple life away from it all (about 150m from the dining room). One large (about 6 x 6 m) double room with en suite mandi, sprung mattress, windows on all sides, supported with a Fan , a very big verandha, its own handball court and pondok.
The New Cottages / COASTER 2
Formally opened January 2012. Four double/twin rooms (7 x 4.5m), en suite mandis, spring mattresses, fans, windows on three sides, big verandha overlooking the beach including sitting out/dining area.
Our standard tariff is Rp 125,000 per person for breakfast, lunch and dinner plus coffee/tea facilities.
•Please tell Ketty if you do not want a meal – by 10 am on relevant day.
•If you want a picnic lunch eg to take to the outer islands, please let Ketty know the night before.
•Typical main meal is fish, egg or chicken with vegetables and rice/noodles – veggies please make their preferences known beforehand.
•Breakfast is served ‘buffet style’ in the dining room: typically fruit, bread (toast if we can ever find a toaster)/fried banana/buns, spreads, do-it-yourself tea/coffee and egg. Tell the staff how you want your egg – boiled, fried, omlette, scrambled.
If you want to eat on a meal by meal basis please tell Ketty on arrival. Prices are;
•Breakfast: Rp 35,000
•Lunch: Rp 45,000
•Dinner: Rp 45,000
•Bir Anker 25,000/can, Big Can Beer rp 35,000, - and 40,000/bottle
•Bir Bintang 25,000/can (when available)
•Anggurh tua 50,000/bottle (‘old wine’, which british maiden aunts will recognize as Wincarnis, when available and desperate)
Please ask staff and they will serve you. Pay either in cash or by signing a ‘chit’ (which will be added to your bill).
•As staff start the day early/need to get to bed, we have a ‘last orders’ policy at about 9.30 pm – stock up then for later
•The dining room adjoins bedrooms, so please respect the occupants need for a bit of peace and quiet (or buy them a drink).
•We only have one fridge so afraid we can’t chill guests’ own beer.
•You’re on your own for sopi – try the women’s cooperative